Archangel, Aldan Yakutsky and Saratov have been closed down by unilateral
order of the Soviet authorities.
2. According to information so far received by this Embassy, five other
offices of this Embassy's Delegates, namely, those in Barnaul, Samarkand,
Kirov, Petropavlovsk and Syktyvkar are de facto no longer able to function
because the Soviet authorities have arrested most if not all of their staff.
3. In this way the Soviet authorities have actually paralyzed the activity
of 45 % of all the Embassy Delegates, appointed in accordance with a joint
agreement between the Embassy and the People's Commissariat for Foreign
Affairs, and operating in districts where there are at present more than
170,000 Polish citizens, according to the as yet incomplete registration
4. In view of the fact that the offices of nine Embassy Delegates have
been prevented from functioning, the issue of food and clothing to tens of
thousands of Polish citizens, some of them in very difficult circumstances,
has had to be stopped in the districts served by these Delegates. The same
applies to the distribution of financial aid to Polish citizens unfit for work. '
Food, clothing, and medical stores, worth millions, and consisting of goods
sent to the Polish Embassy in the U.S.S.R. from Allied States are left
entirely unprotected. Further shipments of food, clothing and medical
supplies which are on their way to the offices of individual Delegates will
no longer go to persons duly authorized to receive them. Preventive
inoculation against typhus will have to be suspended. Homes for orphans
and the aged, maintained by individual Delegates, will be left without
5. In view of the fact that the relief activities of this Embassy's agencies
are being formally or actually rendered impossible, the responsibility for
every consequence of this action rests with the Soviet authorities.
6. In view of the effective stopping, closing and sealing by the Soviet
authorities of food, clothing and medical stores, collected at great expense
and effort by the Polish Government, as well as by the Governments and
peoples of the Allied States, destined for Polish citizens in the U.S.S.R.
and delivered to Soviet ports by Polish and Allied sailors, who sacrificed
much and risked their lives to accomplish this task—the responsibility for
the destruction and deterioration of these goods which may ensue must
also rest with the Soviet authorities.
NOTE OF JANUARY 16, 1943, FROM THE PEOPLE'S
COMMISSARIAT FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE U.S.S.R.
TO THE POLISH EMBASSY IN KUYBYSHEV, CLAIMING AS
SOVIET CITIZENS ALL PERSONS WHO ON NOVEMBER 1-2,
1939, FOUND THEMSELVES ON POLISH TERRITORIES OCCU-
PIED BY THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNION OF SOVIET
The People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs has the honor to inform
the Embassy of the Polish Republic of the following :
In connection with the exchange of Notes in the years 1941-1942 between
the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs and the Embassy, concerning
the citizenship of persons who previously lived in the Western districts of
the Ukrainian and White Ruthenian Soviet Socialist Republics, the People's
Commissariat for Foreign Affairs informed the Embassy on December 1,
1941, that all inhabitants of the above-mentioned districts who found
themselves on the territories of these districts at the time of their entry
into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (November 1-2, 1939), had
acquired Soviet citizenship in accordance with the Decree of the Supreme